Suspect shot man over pit bull, police say

A 21-year-old involved in youth leadership programs was shot and killed in front of his Cherry Hill home in November by a man who apparently felt threatened by the victim's pit bull Princess, according to police charging documents that detail the arrest of one of the suspects.

Police said a witness heard the gunman "yelling at the victim to keep his dog away from him." Angelo Dangerfield, who was taking the dog for her morning walk, yelled back "that his dog does not bite," the charging documents say. Police said the witness then heard two shots, saw Dangerfield fall to the ground and watched the gunman tuck a handgun into his waist.

Detectives on Friday arrested Ronald Edward Hall, 33, who lives in the 2800 block of Cherry Hill Road, just a few blocks from where the victim lived on Spelman Road. He was charged with first-degree murder and has a bail hearing scheduled for Monday. The second suspect, believed to be the man who pulled the trigger, has not yet been arrested.

Dangerfield was shot about 6 a.m. on a Wednesday Nov. 25. His mother, Doris Dangerfield, saw the body but thought her son had been in his bedroom sleeping. She walked to the police in time to see them rolling over the body and that it was of her son. He had been shot in the chest.

Princess had been circling Dangerfield's body when police arrived. The victim had been involved in various youth leadership programs and due to work for his apprenticeship with the city housing department. At the time of the killing, relatives showed off the man's certificate and awards from anti-drug workshops and a Johns Hopkins University Inventors of the Future program.

Police said a surveillance camera shows the victim walking his dog and "then as it pans around shows the victim falling to the ground." Police said Hall and the other man drove away from the scene in Hall's gold Lincoln. Hall has convictions for drug and handgun possession and assault with intent to murder, for which he served 10 years in prison starting in 1996.

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